Monday, June 15, 2009


(Picture Left: A family of peaceful Canadian Geese in NYC's Central Park. Now, the city is waging "war" on these gentle birds.)


Where: Port Authority Headquarters – 225 Park Avenue South (between 18th and 19th St.)

When: Tuesday, June 16th from 12 noon to 2PM

Who: various Animal rights groups and activists including Friends of Animals

Beginning Monday, the City of NY is planning to remove and kill thousands of Canada geese from city owned properties near JFK and LaGuardia airports as part of a “strategy” to keep the birds from interfering with flights. Destroying geese is a quick fix that offers no enduring solution since after a significant sector of the flock is removed, new animals will eventual migrate in. Violence begets more violence and surely non-violent means to reduce flock grown should be pursued including researching new technology to protect plane engines from bird hits.

What a barbaric, uncivilized and moronic message to send by our mayor – if someone becomes inconvenient or gets in your way - just wipe them out.

Real solution can only be found by building "bird proof" aircraft engines, not by attempting wholesale slaughter of potentially millions of geese (and other birds) over time that might migrate over New York City skies and collide with planes.

Dictator Bloomberg (who also rejects the stated will by voters for two-term election officials) is seemingly only concerned for appearances, rather than real solution to a problem. He is living in La La land when stating the birds will "go to sleep." Since when is death by gassing considered "sleep?"

The roundup is being planned for molting season when the geese cannot fly. Coexisting peacefully with wildlife requires diligence, creativity and an open mind …. Something that appears to be sorely lacking with this administration.

Please sign petition to stop gassing plan.


City Planning Massive Goose Genocide – NY Magazine – 6/11/09 Crap Blog – Bloomberg OK with Sending Geese to gas chamber ____________________________________________________________


ActorTam said...


A quick synopsis: Last week, it was announced that 2,000 Canadian Geese living within a 5-mile radius of the airports would be rounded up and killed. The reason given was the downing of the Captain Sullenberger plane last January by hitting flying geese. Immediately however the Smithsonian and other scientific institutions involved in the analysis of the accident announced that it was migrating Canadian Geese, not the resident geese, that brought the plane down. This gave lie to the reason to conduct the massacre of the goose population.

ActorTam said...

Let us look into this dark event more closely. The Canadian Geese population living around the areas of the NYC airports has dramatically increased in the last twenty years, and is now estimated at around 15,000. During this period (from June through early July), when the round up is in effect, adult geese moult and cannot fly while at the same time their babies hatch. They walk or swim around with a lot of goslings in town eating a lot of grass. And making a lot of goose poo.

Goose poo being vegetarian is harmless (and great fertilizer!). The USDA's policy is to without review, when asked, grant the permit to have them killed. They don't need to be a danger.

And they are not. Resident Canadian Geese fly at much lower altitudes in different air currents than the migrating geese. Based on the genetic samples found in the airplane engines, the Smithsonian team was able to definitely say the "culprits" in the Sullenberger downing were migrating geese.

For years Mayor Bloomberg was offered federal monies along with free expert advice and volunteers to help bring down our resident geese population. The resident Canadian Geese population can be completely nonlethally controlled. They are easily kept from the close proximity to airports. Through habitat management, egg addling (pouring oil over the eggs to keep them from hatching), border collies to disperse them, and so forth their population can be stabilized at a much lower number (unlike killing them, which is not a long-term fix).

Until this decision to kill the geese Mayor Bloomberg did nothing to address this problem. The money spent by this ineffective "air safety" massacre of geese, could have spent to add an inexpensive but highly effective radar program. First used in Israel but now in use in many large cities with airports, this program saves both birds and airplanes. It was found that at any one time there are only a few air currents, which run like rivers over a particular area, that birds use as corridors when passing through. The program monitors these air currents in real time, and when there are migrating birds coming through, planes are diverted. Captain Sullenberger's plane take-off flight path went through just such a current and hit a formation of large migrating Canadian Geese. Migrant geese are much larger than their resident counterparts and so more dangerous to hit. And they do fly at higher altitudes. Resident geese do not.

In the name of a Big Lie, our mayor ordered not merely a decimation of baby geese and their parents (who mate for life), but a massacre. One out of ten killed is decimation. 2,000 out of 15,000 is a massacre. The irony of a Jewish mayor employing round-ups and gassings so reminiscent of Nazi holocaust methods has not been lost. And the fact that Israel pioneered this win-win effective solution to the dangers of migrating birds that we are not employing is not being forgotten. But the heart stopping pictures of USDA T-shirted "swat-teams" herding families of geese and goslings into pens and then stuffing them into boxes is etched forever. The silent background sound of death in the video rings in the ears. And the good Mayor's response wishing the geese killed (parents and babies) "pleasant dreams" -- absolute-zero cold!


WHERE: New York City Hall, New York (Broadway & Murray)
WHEN: Monday, June 22 * 12:00 noon to 2:30PM *
WHO: Various animal rights groups and activists including Friends of Animals


AMIT said...

Yes this days sky is becoming unfriendly due to lots of pollution in air.

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